###### Asked in Math and ArithmeticUnits of MeasureArea

Math and Arithmetic

Units of Measure

Area

# What is the difference in a foot square and a square foot?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### August 30, 2007 11:29PM

If you say the area of, say, a patio is 144 square feet (sq ft),
that's the same as saying the area is 144 feet squared (ft2).
However, if you hear somebody say a patio is 12 feet *square*
-- not *squared* -- he may be telling you the patio is a
perfect square that measures 12 feet on each edge. The area is
still 12 x 12 = 144 sq ft, so be careful. If you're not sure what
is meant, ask! By the way, I am starting to see the convention of
abbreviating square feet as *sq ft*, without the periods. I
like that move! You'll have to use whatever convention your teacher
or boss says to use, but when it's up to you, I recommend omitting
the periods.

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